Other than temperature, nothing affects your comforts more than humidity. Sometimes it seems like there is a fine line between too much and too little. When the humidity levels in your home are not right, they can lead to many different issues.
Too Little Humidity
- Low humidity can increase your likelihood of getting colds, flu and other upper respiratory ailments. It also can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms.
- Low humidity can damage walls, woodwork, hardwood floors, and can even cause electronics to fall victim to electric charges, which may require expensive repair.
- Low humidity can cause higher energy costs as dry air can make you feel too cold at normal temperatures and require you to turn up the thermostat.
- Other health risks are bloody noses, dry mouth, dry & itchy eyes, sore throats, cracked or itchy skin, and painful static shocks.
Too Much Humidity
Day-to-day activities, such as cooking and doing laundry can add nearly 25 pounds of moisture to a home a day.
Signs you have too much humidity in your home:
- Indoor condensation appears on windows, mirrors and cold drinks
- Your house becomes a breeding ground for insects
- Wood floors, trim and wood furniture warp or rot
- You experience uncomfortable sweating at normal indoor temperatures
- Skin feels sticky in summer / clammy in winter
- Rooms smell musty
- If left unchecked, high humidity can cause mold and mildew to grow, as well as dust mites to thrive. These can trigger asthma, allergies, and other serious health issues.
All homes built by Classic Custom Homes are equipped with Aprilaire Humidifiers for the health and well being of your family and your home. If you currently live in a home without a humidifier, we strongly suggest you call us to discuss the advantages.